Christchurch Convention Centre - Te Pae


Christchurch, New Zealand


CPB Contractors





Te Pae (The Christchurch Convention Centre) will be a world class boutique conventions and exhibitions facility supported by accommodation, retail, hospitality and public transport – due to open October 2020.

#The Project

CPB Contractors engaged VAE on a design and construct basis for the new $475M facility. On completion the project will have the capacity to host up to 2,000 delegates for a variety of events.

The building will include a 1,400 delegates auditorium; 3,600sqm exhibition hall; 4,400sqm of pre- function spaces and 1600sqm of meeting rooms – as well as associated food, beverage and retail amenities.

VAE are documenting the project within the REVIT environment utilising the cloud based collaborative software BIM360 design, thus allowing increased work efficiency within the centralised cloud workspace.

Holistic reviews of the federation models & data are controlled with the use of Navisworks, providing team members with clash reports complete with supportive outcomes, the team are then able to utilise the federated models for efficient clash resolution & problematic installation through use of BIM360 Glue.

#Key Achievements


VAE have developed an innovative energy efficient & cost-effective heating and cooling plant design solution, that meets client’s project goals. The proposed solution was creating through a detailed energy model comparing the VAE alternative design options. VAE used the data compiled to evaluate true life cycle costs & sustainability impacts, e.g. energy consumption, carbon emissions & water use. Other important factors were also considered including; project constraints, operability, maintenance, replacement & safety


The resultant design translated into a saving of 350sqm of plant room space which the client (Otakaro) were able to utilise for other purposes


VAE designed the mechanical systems to comply with the seismic design principles of NZS4219, together with international best practice for seismic restraint of non- structural components. In combination with suppliers, VAE have undertaken shake table testing to certify equipment ensuring the systems are able to continue operating after a seismic event